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NY Senate OKs Bill Requiring Schools Mark 9/11 As Day Of Remembrance

May 24, 2019 - 2:16 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The state Senate has approved a bill that would require New York's public schools to mark each Sept. 11 as a day of remembrance with a brief moment of silence.

The bill's sponsor, Queens Sen. Joseph Addabbo, says many children in city schools weren't born when the attacks happened and believes they should learn about the nearly 3,000 lives lost on  9/11 and the thousands more who have died due to illnesses related to the recovery work at ground zero.  

He wants to be sure there are conversations in the classroom "to understand what the gravity of the situation was, what we were going through at that time, where we were, what we were feeling, the aftermath. How our lives changed forever after 9/11."

"It's good to have these conversations for not only historical purposes but for our life purposes so how we go forward as a family, as a society and we learn so much from these tragedies," Addabbo tells WCBS 880's Steve Scott.